Besides covering the necessities, think about adding a few extra features for your convenience as well. A lighted switch makes late night trips to the bathroom a lot easier, since you won’t have to swing your arm up and down the wall like a bird in flight to find the switch. And a dimmer switch isn’t a bad idea either, so you can set your bathroom lighting to the proper mood. Making sure you look presentable Monday morning takes a lot more light than that Saturday evening soak in the tub. A dimmer switch gives you the best of both worlds.
Bathtubs, sinks, cabinets and tile can fall into disrepair beyond what can be fixed with a cleaning product and elbow grease, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be entirely replaced. Fiberglass inlays can patch most cracks or chips, resurfacing techniques can make even the oldest bathtubs look brand new. Cabinets, too, are often great candidates for resurfacing. You may not like the size or placement of your cabinets, but otherwise, resurfacing can dramatically improve the effect your cabinets have on bathroom decorating. Repair and resurfacing what you can will allow you to focus the rest of your bathroom decorating budget and other things.
The biggest concern when it comes to bathroom remodeling is its size. When you renovate, creating more space should always be a priority. No matter how many fresh fixtures or state-of-the-art features you install, it’ll all be useless if the room feels cramped. This is especially important when it comes to small bathroom design.
In general, many homeowners don’t take enough risks with their bathroom decorating. Bathrooms are about cleanliness, sure, but, from a decorating point of view, they’re about creating mood. You may think of white as being sterile, but color is going to be one of the key components in creating a relaxing atmosphere. The smaller room of a bathroom allows you to make bold decorating choices with less risk of an overwhelming effect. Of course, there’s always going overboard and making the room so busy that it becomes distracting, but most homeowners aren’t even close to taking their bathroom decorating this far.
If you’re remodeling a smaller bathroom or guest bath, you can achieve excellent results by including an accent window in an angular shape such as an oval or octagon or perhaps an arch over a double-hung 3×4 window. Garden windows help add more dimension to a smaller bathroom while giving your indoor plants a place to thrive.
When it comes to bathroom lighting there’s one thing you never want to forget: the bathroom is a place where things get done. Be it a morning shave, putting on make-up for a night on the town or just catching up on some important reading, almost every light in a bathroom serves a specific purpose. That being the case, focus initial efforts on the places that get used most.